Like many houses, our house came with a garbage disposal installed in the kitchen. Now I know that there are a few people out there that don't like the ideas of garbage disposals for various reasons, but I love ours. Our kitchen smells so much better because we never are throwing food in the garbage. And we don't actually use the garbage disposal as much as most, because we have a composter, so all the organic material goes out there. We both really love the convenience that the disposal offers.
But we've had trouble with ours since we bought the house. Just one thing after another has gone wrong. It's loud, but that doesn't bother us because it's not on for very long. It's more of a bother to have to fix is every other month.
It first started leaking around Christmas time. But we tightened it all up and it was fine, for a while.
Then it stopped working all together. So I turned off the power and took a little look inside. The internal structure is not stainless steel, so it was all rusted out. A small piece of metal had lodged itself in a small rusted out crevice, and it was jamming the disposal. So I pryed that out and all was good again, for a while.
You see where this is going. Then a few days ago, I noticed a large puddle of water under the sink. I cleared everything out, mopped up the mess, and went to work trying to figure out what was the culprit. Big surprise, it was the garbage disposal. So I went through all the motions. Tightened everything up, checked all the connections. Turned on the water and the disposal to check for leaks, and we still had a waterfall.
So after discussing it, we decided we have had enough problems with it, we'll just replace it. Then we both remembered our realtor (who was also selling the house) tell us to replace that baby with a new one as soon as we saw signs of it going out. So he obviously noticed it was a pile.
And off the Menard's we went. Not that it was an extra trip, we were already headed there to pick up our lumber for the bathroom vanity and some plumbing supplies. You know, our daily trip to the hardware store for supplies. :-)
Now I don't know about you, but I'm not an expert on garbage disposals. I sort of just figured there would be a few to pick from and we would be on our way. Ha, I should have known better. There were at least 8+ disposals to pick from. So back home sans disposal we went.
And after doing some research on the subject (hey I'm a researcher by trade, so nothing gets purchased in this house without a little research), we decided to go with the GE GFC530V.
I read a lot of good reviews online, so I'm confident that this will last us a little while. I guess time will tell.
It says that it is extremely easy to install, so I'm going to hope that's true. But I'm sure it will be an interesting experience. I'll make sure I post about installation.
Always stay creative, my friends.